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How Are Designers Creating Urban Conditions That Reflect Living Styles of Today?

THE PLAN JOURNAL [TPJ] and HOUSING

How Are Designers Creating Urban Conditions That Reflect Living Styles of Today?
By Editorial Staff -

We present the article “Project Strategies and Evaluation Methods for Contemporary Social Housing” by authors Romina Marvaldi and Elisabetta Pani. In the article Marvaldi and Pani explain the relevance of their research rests in “the deep social transformations [that] occurred in the last decades [which] have deeply affected the patterns of urban living. In this sense, experimentation on housing plays the dual role of investigation and validation of our hypothesis that residential space should reflect new life-styles. At the beginning of the 21st century, social housing represents the main field for experimentation.”

Finally, we share information from the fascinating book Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (2020).

>> We encourage you to browse The Plan Journal and explore for yourself. 

 

The Whale

In the TPJ article “Project Strategies and Evaluation Methods for Contemporary Social Housing,” authors Romina Marvaldi and Elisabetta Pani share the iconic case study of

“‘The Whale’ housing complex, designed in Amsterdam by The Arkitekten Cie (1995-2000), [that optimizes its] …inner courtyard [which] is a green area of extreme quality accessible only for maintenance. The inhabitants appreciate this space, intended as an art installation adjacent to the private balconies, because it does not compete with the nearby park.”

The Whale complex. View from the internal courtyard. Photo by © the Authors. The Whale complex. View from the internal courtyard. Photo by © the Authors.

 

Marvaldi and Pani’s research is reflective of an ethnographic study— considering the culture and context of the actors, their beliefs, behaviors, and patterns in order to design semi-private and public spaces and places. The latter social nodes encourage exchange between the inhabitants. Of course, the same considerations hold equal importance for the creation of private spaces where dwellers can retreat and relax.  

Romina Marvaldi is an Engineer. She earned a PhD at the University of Cagliari, with the dissertation: “Contemporary Dwelling. Transformability and Project.”  

Elisabetta Pani is an Architect. She earned a PhD at the University of Cagliari, with the dissertation: “Contemporary Social Housing. Strategies for Analysis and Project.” 

“SoHousing” founders, Marvaldi and Pani authored a number of articles on housing and new living models. From 2004 to 2014 they taught at the University of Cagliari, taking part in several workshops as project coordinators. From 2010 to 2012 they developed the research project “Contemporary Social Housing. Analysis, Critical Evaluation, and Operational Proposal,” financed by the regional government of Sardinia, and conceived as a deep investigation on European social housing. They have been Lecturers at the University of Cagliari from 2011 to 2014 where they led the “LabSoHousing” course for final Master theses in architecture. The topic of housing has been further explored also through entering architectural competitions.  

Elisabetta Pani: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elisabettapani/

>> To learn more about Marvaldi and Pani’s work, you can find their article available in THE PLAN Journal vol. 1/2016, no. 1

 

Welcome to Your World 

The book Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives by author Sarah Williams Goldhagen looks at best- and worst-case building, city and landscape scenarios. Goldhagen utilizes her background in psychology and cognitive neuroscience to support her research which concludes with a call for authentic healthier environments for our urban areas– the spaces humans inhabit need to support both physical and mental well-being.

Welcome to Your World

 

English
March 10, 2020
Harper Paperbacks
384 pages
6 x 0.92 x 9 inches
ISBN-10: 0062996945
ISBN-13: 987-0062996046

To learn more, check out: Welcome to Your World

Marvaldi and Pani’s article in THE PLAN Journal and Goldhagen’s book are inspirational sparks for those forward-thinkers longing to learn how urban conditions can respond to ways people have evolved and their living styles of today.

 

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